A debut essay collection from the winner of the 2022 Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize.
Katherine Indermaur’s full-length debut, I|I, is a serial lyric essay that explores the mirror’s many dimensions —philosophical, spiritual, scientific, mythological, historical— alongside the author’s own experiences. Anyone who has struggled with the disconnect between their outward appearance and their inner self knows how fraught and fragmentary it can be to behold one’s own reflection. Indermaur’s essay, however, does more than merely problematize the contested space where the face and the mirror meet. There is also affirmation to be found here. This is a book that thinks so keenly it breaks into song.
"In fragments one might be known. Seen from dozens of angles, the mind may move among facets and see the whole. It is, in fact, how seeing works in the human brain anyhow. Katherine Indermaur’s I|I finds rich resonances among these disparate but not discrete shards. Rather a full shape in time and space assembles. Both the 'lyric' and the 'essay' are fully achieved, home is sought, the self seeks to connect with all of what is beyond." —Kazim Ali, Judge of the 2022 Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize
Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Essay. Hybrid. Art. Women's Studies.
Katherine Indermaur is the author of two chapbooks, Facing the Mirror: An Essay (COAST|noCOAST, 2021) and Pulse (Ghost City Press, 2018). She is the winner of the Black Warrior Review 2019 Poetry Contest and the 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize, and was named a runner-up in the 92Y's 2020 Discovery Poetry Contest. Her writing has appeared in Ecotone, Frontier Poetry, the Journal, New Delta Review, the Normal School, Seneca Review, and elsewhere. Katherine holds an MFA from Colorado State University and serves as an editor for Sugar House Review. She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado.